- After successful launch of Agni-V, DRDO is now setting its target to build anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons and launching mini/micro satellites on demand.
- The ASAT weapon would include Agni V’s propulsion system to reach about 800km altitude and the “kill vehicle” to home into the target satellite.
- The “kill vehicle” of the under-development two-tier BMD (ballistic missile defence) system has been tested to track and destroy hostile missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the Earth’s atmosphere.
- China first used ASAT weapon to destroy an old satellite in 2007.
- Defence scientists are also aiming on “space security” in order to protect India’s space assets from electronic or physical destruction.